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Indonesia: Suspected Islamic State Supporter Injures Security Minister in Knife Attack

1 MIN READOct 10, 2019 | 14:37 GMT

What Happened: A suspected Islamic State supporter attacked Indonesian Security Minister Wiranto and his security detail with a knife during an official event in Banten province on Oct. 10, Channel News Asia reported. According to initial reports, there were no fatalities and all victims are expected to recover from their injuries.

Why It Matters: Authorities are investigating whether the suspect had connections to Jemaah Ansharut Daulah, Indonesia's largest jihadist group, which supports the Islamic State. The group has been responsible for most terrorist attacks in Indonesia in recent years, and an assassination attempt by the jihadist organization could mark another escalation in political tensions between the country's Islamist groups and the newly reelected government.

Background: Jemaah Ansharut Daulah has been a persistent but low-level terrorist threat to Indonesia since 2015, and its followers have carried out crude bombings as well as stabbing attacks.

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